Barack Obama Commends Milwaukee Bucks for ‘Setting Example’ Sparking NBA Protest Boycott

Craig Bannister | August 27, 2020 | 10:00am EDT
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On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama praised the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for refusing to take the court for a game, which led the league to postpone all three of the night’s playoff contests.

After the Bucks announced that they were boycotting the game because they were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday, the NBA announced it was postponing all games scheduled for that night:

“The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”

In response, Obama tweeted that he commends the Bucks for their actions – and said “It’s going to take all our institutions” to take action:

“I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.”

In his tweet, Obama embedded a video clip of Los Angeles Clippers’ Coach Doc Rivers both accusing Republicans for stoking fear and, at the same time, declaring that “We’re the ones who need to be scared”:

“How dare the Republicans talk about fear? We're the ones that need to be scared.”

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